Montessori Philosophy: How Do We Meet Current Research Data? – Part 1

Today, we begin a new series entitled How Do We Meet Current Research Data?, exploring how the latest brain and education research impacts curriculum and learning. In order to promote positive outcomes for all young children, early childhood educators should implement curriculum that is thoughtfully planned, challenging, engaging, developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically responsive, and […]

When “I don’t know” Is the Best Answer

Have you ever struggled with how to reply to your child’s curious questions when you don’t know the answer? The Value of Not Knowing, a recent insightful post at, explains why not providing an immediate answer creates a great opportunity for the child.

Benefits of a Montessori Environment

How does the Montessori method provide the most optimal environment for the development of the child? • Montessori teachers are trained to have a clear understanding of attachment, exploration, self-help skills, empowerment, pro-social skills, problem solving skills, self-esteem, and resiliency. • The Montessori method individualizes learning through children’s interactions with the materials as they proceed at […]

Rethinking Your Space This Summer

Summer is here! During the break is the perfect time to rethink your space and offer more opportunities for your primary- and pre-primary-aged children to become self-sufficient. The Montessori Foundation has ideas that can be implemented throughout the house, giving children a sense of accomplishment in their care of self and their surroundings.

The Montessori “Solar System”

Have you ever wondered how Montessori theories translate to the classroom experience? This Montessori “Solar System” graphic, created by Mark Powell and shared by Trevor Eissler on the Montessori Madmen blog, gives a great overview of how Montessori principles work together in the day-to-day classroom.

The Planes of Development: Developing the Joy of Learning

Today, we complete our series on the Montessori Planes of Development with an overview of the importance of developing the joy of learning across each stage. The responsibility of Montessori educators, as defined by Gretchen Hall, Director of Training at the Montessori Training Center of New England, in her 2011 article How Science Fits Into […]

Education’s Death Valley

Creativity expert Ken Robinson is a world-renowned speaker, New York Times best-selling author, and a passionate advocate for rethinking education as we know it. In this TED Talk from April 2013, Robinson addresses how to navigate out of the “death valley” of the current education model, and how to encourage an environment of possibility. Curiosity […]

Montessori Madmen

Trevor Eissler is a professional pilot, Montessori dad, and the author of Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education, as well as several books for children. He is part of a group of (mostly) fathers who call themselves the Montessori Madmen – advocates for Montessori education. We’re an impatient, ragtag group of […]